Monday, June 16, 2003

What Should the US do for Peace in the Middle East?

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, said it "may be the conclusion" that an international force is needed to stop the violence and if so, "it is possible that there will be an American participation."

"But having said that, I would just say this is down the trail," he said. "We have to be very, very careful about the use of American forces, whether they are to be all by themselves, whether with NATO, whether with the U.N., with whoever." (full text)

Should the US really step in? Would Israel accept international peacekeeping in its own borders? Would the Palestinians cease attacks? But the US may be ignoring the most important question of all: "Does the peace process have the self-capacity to move forward?"

According to, the Israeli people are against the recent bout of strikes directed by Prime Minister Sharon.

A new survey by Dahaf Polling shows more than two-thirds of Israelis oppose Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's recent actions in Gaza and the West Bank. Sixty-seven percent oppose targeted killings of terrorist leaders, such as the ones that took place this evening in Gaza. While Sharon insists the Palestinian leadership is a bunch of "crybabies," Israelis want to give Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas a chance to set up his authority. Sixty-seven percent of those responding to the poll also agreed that Israel must end its occupation of Palestinian areas.

The Israeli people want peace. Will they reverse the election trends of the past two elections, and give the Labour Party another chance in office?


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